The Raft

Arabella Edge

A tale of grand passion set in Paris in 1818, Arabella Edge’s second novel is inspired by the story of Théodore Géricault and his extraordinary masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa.

Aged just twenty-one, Géricault is feted at the prestigious salon for his painting Charging Chasseur. Seven years later – lovesick and distracted by his secret affair with his benefactor–uncle’s wife, Alexandrine – he is still desperately searching for inspiration for his next work. Then he hears about the French frigate Medusa, wrecked off the west coast of Africa. With a hundred and fifty souls abandoned on a makeshift raft, rumours of madness, murder and cannibalism horrify the French public but fascinate Géricault; when he manages to track down two of the raft’s survivors to discover what really happened during those fifteen days at sea, he knows he has finally found his subject.

‘This is a marvellously rich and pacy novel about the gestation of a masterpiece . . . Arabella Edge weaves a combination of fable, thriller and costume comedy of manners’ Novel of the Week, Telegraph


Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144722859201
Published: 13/06/2012

Arabella Edge

Arabella Edge

Arabella Edge studied at Bristol University and left for Australia in 1992. Her first novel, The Company, won Best First Book in the 2001 Commonwealth Writer's Prize in the South Pacific region, and was shortlisted for Australia's Miles Franklin Award 2001. She has since written The Raft and Fields of Ice, which was published in 2011. She lives with her husband Nick Gaze on the east coast of Tasmania.

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